By Bisi Olominu, Osogbo
A member of the National Assembly, Senator Danjuma Lar has assured that the bill seeking to establish Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) presently pending before the National Assembly will soon be passed into law.
The bill for an act establishing the Peace Corps of Nigerian has passed through the second reading at the House of Representatives and presently at the public hearing stage.
Speaking at the weekend at the Passing Out Parade/ Commissioning of Cadets of Peace Corps for Osun state command at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Ede, Osun State, the senator said that government is aware of the need to get youths in the country engaged, saying PCN is one of the avenues this can be done.
He commended the discipline and dedication the cadets showed in their display during the programme and urged them to be peace ambassadors in their various communities.
Speaking also, the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Interior, Hon. Umar Farouk, who is the sponsor of the bill, said public hearing on the bill will be held by first week of April and reiterated the commitment of the lower chamber to pass the bill into law as soon as possible.
In his remarks, Osun state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, said men and officers of Peace Corps have been partnering with his administration in handling security issues across public secondary schools in the state.
As part of measures to cement the relationship, the governor, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Sunday Olajide said Office of the Secretary to the State Government recently issued a directive that all schools in the state must cooperate with the corps.
Earlier, the National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb. Dickson Akoh, said the organisation has empowered over 198,000 youths across the country.
He explained that nine states participated in the one month camping exercise.
According to him, 1, 300 cadets were being commissioned into the staff and officers cadre after completing the one month initial training and orientation, which include rigorous mental and physical training.
He then called on all stakeholders in the affairs of the country to support the organisation in realising its goals of engaging youths through positive means, and by using them as peace ambassadors in the various communities.